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tonight, from the nation's capital, this is "world news." an abc news exclusive. is moammar gadhafi putting out feelers, looking for an exit from libya? the news from secretary of state hillary clinton, in her first interview since the air strikes began. out of the sky. an american fighter jet crashes, forcing two airmen to hurtle out of the plane at 600 miles per hour. our reporter there with the villagers who raced to rescue them. radiation and america. how safe are the products leaving japan and heading here? dr. richard besser, on the airport tarmac running the tests. and, royal ride.
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secrets revealed of william and kate's procession. a prince following in the same path as his mother, princess diana. good evening from washington, where we are just come back from an exclusive interview with secretary of state hillary clinton about the u.s. intervention in libya, how we got involved and how it will end. but we bring you a headline tonight. are there signs that colonel moammar gadhafi and those close to him may be trying to find an exit, even though gadhafi appeared on television, promising to win? also, as abc news has reported on "good morning america," libyan dip low malts say at least one of gadhafi's sons may now have been killed by a libyan pilot on a kamikaze mission so,
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here is what secretary clinton told us today about gadhafi and the report about his sons. there's a report that two of gadhafi's sons, at least one, but maybe two, have been killed. can you confirm this? >> well, i can't confirm it, but we've heard it. and we've heard a lot. >> reporter: credibly? >> well, we hear it from many different sources. and that's why i can't confirm it. i can't give confirmation because, you know, the evidence is not sufficient. but we've heard that. we heard about other people close to him reaching out to people that they know around the world, africa, the middle east, europe, north america, beyond, you know, saying, what do we do? how do we get out of this? what happens next? >> reporter: including him? do you know where he is? >> well, i'm not aware that he personally has reached out, but i do know that people allegedly on his behalf have been reaching out. so, that's why i say, this is a
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very dynamic situation. >> reporter: but are you indicating that there's someone close to him on his behalf reaching out to say, how do we get out? how does he get out? >> this is what we hear from so many sources, diane. it is a constant -- >> reporter: today? >> today, yesterday, the day before. some of it, i'll be very, you know, as my personal opinion, some of it is theater. a lot of it is just the way he behaves. it's somewhat unpredictable. but some of it is, we think, exploring what are my options? where could i go? and we would encourage that. >> so, it is possible that gadhafi is looking for his exit strategy tonight? our senior foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz, who has been taking the lead on this story the entire weekend and this week is with us now. tell us what you've learned about gadhafi today. >> reporter: well, officials have ways of monitoring gadhafi. we of course saw him briefly today. but he is apparently moving constantly. he is very anxious. he is looking into his inner
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circle. he doesn't know who to trust. he has reached out to the arab league to say, please, don't enforce the no-fly zone. there is a lot of confusion with gadhafi right now. but he seems to be very, very nervous. and very anxious. and you can understand that. the u.s. and others have launched 160 cruise missiles. they've hit his air defenses, hit very near liz compound. so, he is very nervous. >> he's at least on the run in some ways tonight. and if those around him, if the family around him starts to say, we want out, we're desserting, then what for him? >> so far, some of the confusion is, some of the sons are saying, hang tough. they're tilling his father to hang tough. we don't know about the others. >> but there could be movement tonight. and martha, good to see you here. other big news from libya today, the amazing escape and recovery of the two airmen. alex marquardt was at the scene of the crash. >> reporter: hello, diane. people have been coming from all around this small village all day to see the wreckage of this
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f-15. it's become a bit of a tourist attraction. the villagers say at first they were nervous as they heard it crashing to the earth. but then they soon realized it must be one of the coalition planes sent to watch over them. so they came out here looking for the crew members. so many villagers came to the crash site today, there is now a dirt path leading through the wheat. its wings and tailfins almost the only recognizable part, the rest burned almost beyond recognition. "at first, we were scared. we thought it was a gadhafi plan that would strike us," this man said. on board the f-15, two crew members. the pilot and seated behind him, the weapons systems officer. the plane, preparing for an air strike, carries heavy weaponry. at 11:33 p.m., equipment failure. the weapons officer ejects first, followed within a second by the pilot. the two parachuting down into the darkness. the pilot, separated from his partner, holds a gps beacon and
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a pistol. he sees villagers approaching and radios for help. just after 1:30 a.m., u.s. jets arrive, dropping two 500 pound bombs, to push back the unidentified group. at 2:19 a.m., two ospreys reach the stranded fighter pilot. above, choppers stand ready with marines, but they're not needed. one of the osprey lands and the stranded pilot is rescued. the second crew member landed in a nearby field. the 27-year-old injured his ankles, but was okay. he hid near a farm. the owner of that farm was hit by shrapnel in the bomb dropped to protect the down ed airmen. despite the wound, he says he understands. "it was to protect their pilots. it was a misunderstanding. we forgive them and we thank the coalition forces." at family
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member told us there was confusion, the airmen thought the villagers were gadhafi forces. but they weren't, they gave the crew member food and juice. and helped him to get to benghazi. where he was eventually picked up by american forces. the family kept his helmet. abc news, ghot sultan, in eastern libya. and it is hard to imagine, or, to underestimate or overestimate what it took in those heart-pounding moments when the pie lots had to eject. the incredible velocity of that. our own martha raddatz knows what it's like to go up in one of those f-15s. she even trained for what you do in an emergency just like the one that unfolded in the skies over libya. we asked her to tell us about it. and here's martha again. >> reporter: the f-15 strike eagle that crashed is identical to the one we were in for combat missions over afghanistan last year. our aircraft also laden with thousands of pounds of bombs, which we could see as we passed under our wingman. like the crew over libya last night, all crews train for whatever emergency might force them to ditch their aircraft, dramatic and dangerous no matter
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what the reason. >> all of a sudden some kind of alarm goes off in the cockpit and for that brief second, you is think, "uh-oh, what happens if i have to eject over enemy territory? who's on the ground? are they going to be helpful? are they going to want to shoot me? are they going to capture me? am i going to be tortured?" >> reporter: crews constantly train for that moment of ejection. we had to do the same before heading out to combat. >> legs forward. elbows in. head back against the seat. you got it. get ready for the ride. >> egress, egress, egress. >> reporter: in an actual emergency, the decision would be made in a split second. a lever pull eed and the powerful rocket beneath your seat would launch you violently into the air. >> as the canopy flies off the airplane, lots of wind noise, wind blast. so very, very violent reaction to come out of the airplane. then all of a sudden, it's quiet. looking down at the ground thinking about who is down there. who is coming after me?
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>> reporter: we went with air force parajumpers on a recent trip to afghanistan, flying evasively through the mountains, fully armed. they showed us exactly how a downed pilot would be raised to safety, on a wire hoist pulling them slowly into the helicopter. hard to imagine what that took. and now, more of our interview with secretary of state hillary clinton. earlier, i spoke to her about that rescue. your heart stopped for a minute? >> oh, it did. as you might guess. >> her heart stopped before she realized they were all right. but we also had a chance to sit down and talk about how long the operation will go on in libya, will it be as promised, just a matter of days, not weeks, as the president promised? so, i asked her, would it be on the anniversary of the one week, saturday, before monday? it will be one week on saturday, will it happen by saturday?
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>> well, it will be days. whether it's by saturday or not depends upon the evaluation made by our military commanders, along with our allies and partners. i hope it will be sooner instead of later. >> reporter: you might even think this weekend? >> i think it's moving well. from our assessment, and, you know, we do a call every day -- >> reporter: will it be nato? >> that's still being worked out. >> reporter: might be something outside nato? >> that is also being looked at but nato will be involved. >> reporter: moammar gadhafi. will this intervention be a success if he's still in power? >> well, i think we have to separate the two sides of the equation, if you will. the united nations security council resolution was very broad, but explicit, about what was legally authorized by the international community. >> reporter: are you saying you're confident the end result
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will be that he's out? >> no, i don't want to make any predictions, because -- we're taking this one step at a time. i -- i don't want to jump beyond where we are right now. >> reporter: we have read, repeatedly, that you were decisive in this. did you persuade president obama? was yours the voice that turned around the opponents? >> that is absolutely, you know, i think, part of a storyline that needs to be corrected soon and decisively. there was a broad debate and discussion within the administration and that's -- >> reporter: secretary gates opposed, we were told? >> i'm not going to characterize anybody's opinion. i think it was a very thoughtful process. >> reporter: so, you're not going to characterizehierarchy? >> i'm not going to characterize
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anyone. >> reporter: quick and final personal question. you have indicated that should the president be re-elected, that you will not be secretary of state any longer. will you stay until the election? >> oh, i will stay until the beginning of the next term, because i know it takes awhile for people to get, you know, appointed and confirmed. i mean, obviously, there needs to be a seamless transition with wh whomever president obama decides to appoint after he is re-elected, which i am confident he will be. and we have a lot more of our interview with secretary of state hillary clinton, including our question to her, is it possible that al qaeda has somehow pen tralted the rebel forces in libya? and you'll hear the answers tonight on "nightline," and, of course, the entire interview is online at and now we turn back to the disaster in the pacific, which has reached american shores. starting medially, the fda has
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decided to block all milk, milk products, fruits and vej ables from coming into the united states from the affected regions of japan. but what about other japanese products that might absorb radiation? well, today, our dr. richard besser gained exclusive access at new york's jfk airport to see the results of the testing. >> reporter: the plane has just landed. i'm taking you behind the scenes to see the cargo unloaded from the bell little of the plane and how they screen that for radiation. inspectors waste little time. meeting the plane with personal radiation detectors on their belts which flag even trace amounts of radiation. like that found in every day objects like bananas or slabs or granite. and they are here to ensure the 10,000 pounds of cargo contains no harmful levels of radiation. they greet the plane on the tarmac. why do you screen them outside instead of inside? >> we do it plane-side because it gives us first access to the
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most immediate access to what is being offloaded from the aircraft. >> reporter: so, when a person goes through immigration, and their passport is being reviewed, they are being screened for radiation? >> absolutely yes. >> reporter: and they are being used on this flight, screening clothing, machinery and computer parts. if radio active particles were detected, they would be checked by this device. it can pinpoint just where the radiation is coming from. but radiation is carried not only on items, but in food products, as well. about 4% of the food america imports comes from japan. including processed fruments and vej ables, cookies, teas, chewing gum and sea food suf as scallops, tuna, lobster, shrimp and salmon. if i'm an american consumer, and i am deciding to sit down for some japanese tuna for dinner. can i feel comfortable that that's been screened, coming through the ports of the u.s.? >> if that japanese tuna had
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arrived within the last few days or weeks since those tragic events in japan, chances are that it has been screened for radiation. >> reporter: diane, this little device is the powerful radiation detector that's being used. and so far, not one has detected harmful radiation coming in from japan. diane? >> all right, dr. richard besser reporting from the airport with his machine tonight. and still ahead on wn"world news," complaints, more and more of them, about abusive debt collectors. and what kate middleton has decided to borrow from princess diana's fairy tale wedding. [ sneezes ] allergies? you think i have allergies? you're sneezing. i'm allergic to you. doubtful, you love me. hey, you can't take allegra with fruit juice. what? yeah, it's on the label. really?
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included correctors harassing debtors with endless calls. using on scene language. >> go mother [ bleep ] back to africa or some [ bleep ] -- >> reporter: and making threats they can't carry out. >> call back within 24 hours i'll have a warrant out for your arrest. >> reporter: a pennsylvania debt collector is accused of setting up this fake krument to trick people into paying. >> we need enforcement. the complaints are going up and not down. >> reporter: aca international, trade group for the collection industry, says collectors are a vital part of our economy,ened that complaints are up because debt is up, not because collectors are doing anything differently. heather thomas disagrees. >> they are trained to manipulate you into being so scared, so afraid, that you'll do anything. >> reporter: she sued over a company's illegal tactics and collected money from the collector. so, how do you get them to stop?
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>> reporter: kate has got to be nervous. nearly 1 billion people will watch her wedding. but seems like shell's not superstitious. she's chosen this carriage for her first ride as a princess, from the abbey to the palace with her prince. andrew and fergie -- charles and diana -- they rode that same carriage and, neither marriage lasted. by the way, if it rains, which it often does over here, they'll have to switch to this one. it has a roof. and getting to the abbey? kate will take the same limo attack bid student protesters with charles and camilla on board. >> she's being spruced up for the day. >> reporter: anyway, back to carriages. i mean, we've got a cinderella story on our hands here, so let's talk about the carriage. silk linened and enormous, it was built in 1902 for edward vii, who was a large chap. and tricky to climb into.
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>> i expect she'll probably come around to have a practice. don't want to fall out of the carriage at the wrong time. >> reporter: it will be drawn by four gray horses led most likely by daniel. >> he's our most reliable horse. >> but obviously with horses, you never know what they are going to do. a complete disaster if a wheel falls off. that would be a complete disaster. >> reporter: oh be quiet. don't make kate more nervous with such silly talk. nick watt, abc news, london. >> and as for that superstition, i'm betting the third time is the charm. we thank you all for watching. we are always on at with the very latest around the world. and don't forget, later on "nightline," more of our exclusive interview with hillary clinton. i'll see you again from new york tomorrow. have a great night.
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ABC World News With Diane Sawyer
ABC March 22, 2011 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT

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